Via Ken Hisner: At 02 Arena, Greenwich, London, UK, Saturday against ESPN+ Frank Warren (Queensberry Promotions) in the Main Event WBO No.1 ranked Zach Parker lost in four rounds to WBA No. 1 John John Ryder due to a right hand injury due to the interim WBO title and a possible matchup against United champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2023.
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In the Main Event, WBO No. 1 Super Middle ranked Zach Parker, 22-1 (15), #167 ¼, of Woodville, Derbyshire, UK, blocked by WBA No. 1 men’s ranking John Ryder, 32-5 (18), #167, of Islington, London, UK, after four rounds due to right hand injury in 12 scheduled rounds.
Halfway through the second round, Parker continued to switch from the main swing to the south, landing a pair of right hooks into Ryder’s chin. In the third round, Ryder started roughing Parker, swishing him around.
In the fourth round, after a minute of fighting, referee Howard Foster warned both fighters about rough tactics. Parker is a southbound when it comes to using his jab for most of the match. Ryder is clearly stronger than Parker and gets the best of him while inside.
At the end of the round, Parker’s corner stood up, not answering the bell claiming that Parker’s right hand was injured, although it appeared to be fine. The referee is Howard Foster.
The referees twice set the score 39-37 and 38-38 for Parker after four innings. This writer had it 39-37 Ryder. That’s for the WBO interim world title and for Ryder’s chance to meet world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2023.
Middle Hamzah Sheeraz, 17-0 (13), #159 ¼, of Ilford, UK, stop River Wilson-Bent, 13-2-1 (6), #159 , of Coventry, UK, at 2 :55 of second for the vacant WBC Silver title, out of 12.
In the second half, Wilson-Bent let Sheeraz cover well in the first minute. In the final 20 seconds, Sheeraz performed a combination of four punches to the head, knocking out Wilson-Bent, who had beaten the count of 8, but referee Victor Loughlin stopped the match, having seen enough without it. any complaints from the loser.
Lightweight Sam Noakes, 10-0 (10), #134 ½, of Maidstone, UK, stopped Calvin McCord, 12-1 (2), #135 of Ayr, Scotland, UK, at 2: 14 of round 4/12 .
Ten seconds into the fourth round, Noakes landed with a punch, knocking McCord out eight points from referee Victor Loughlin.
Noakes dropped more than half a dozen punches knocking McCord a second time with a score of eight. A left hit to the body from Noakes down McCord for the third time with a score of eight. Noakes was on top of him, going to the body, knocking him down a fourth time by a count of 8. When McCord got up, the referee finally waved his hand.
Super Bantam Dennis “The Menace” McCann, 14-0 (6), #121 ½, in Maidstone, UK, blocked Joe Ham, 17-4 (6), #121 , at 2:28 on 18/08 twelfth .
In the eighth round, McCann unleashed more than a dozen punches that Ham had few knocks down, forcing referee Marcus McDonnell to wave his hand.
Pierce ‘Big Bang’ O’Leary, 11-0 (6), #139 ½, of Dublin, IRE, beat Southpaw Emmanuel “The Lion” Mungandjela, 16-4-1 (7), #140, of Ongwediva, Nambia , over ten rounds, for the vacant WBC international lightweight belt.
Halfway through the first inning, a right from O’Leary’s chin resulted in Mungandjela being given an eight by referee Mark Lyson.
Mungandjela counter-attacked well enough to get through the round.
From day two to day eight, it’s all O’Leary’s.
In the ninth inning, O’Leary let Mungandjela stand but managed to hold out and get through the round.
The scores are 99-89.99, 99-90 and 96-92, with this writer’s 98-90.
Cruiserweight Tommy “The Norfolk Nightmare” Fletcher, 3-0 (3), #201, of Thetford, Norfolk, UK, beat Jiri Krejci, 1-3 (0), #197 ½, of Knezeves, CZ, score 2:19 of the first round of schedule 4.
In the first half, Fletcher got his way and at the last minute, turning south, sent a left headbutt into Krejci’s chin, knocking him out as referee Marcus McDowell didn’t bother to count.